A black stone panel with Shuchismati and Grihapati
Northeast India, Pala period, 11th century
Beautifully and humorously carved with reclining Shuchismati receiving a foot rub from an attendant while baby Grihapati joyfully lies before her raising his right hand to her breast, she supports her head with her left hand and holds a lotus with her right, she a wears diaphanous dhoti with classic horizontal striations and a looping sash tied at the waist, her sacred thread rests against her right hip and graces across her sensuous stomach and the sash covering one of her full breasts; amongst her abundant jewelry, she wears neatly incised arm bands and a three-leaf tiara surmounting her endearing expression with full lips, round cheeks and almond-shaped eyes; flanking her rest are two diminutive goddesses standing on lotus blossoms; below her are supports, and a devotee making offerings of a fire altar full offering bowl; above are the Saivite emblems of Ganesha, Skanda and the lingam.
15 3/4 in. (39.7 cm) long